Bath’s Jamie Roberts says he will manage his comeback from a fractured cheekbone carefully in order to be fit for Wales’ autumn games. Roberts is working his way back after suffering the injury in his club’s 37-32 victory over Harlequins on September 15 and hopes to be available again by the middle of next month.
Wales’ autumn schedule sees them take on Scotland on November 3 before they face Australia (November 10), Tonga (November 17) and South Africa (November 24).
Roberts wants to ensure he’s fit for his country and will not take any risks over the next few weeks.
“I am well aware there are Test matches in November,” he said. “I want to get back as quickly as possible from this knock but without taking any unnecessary risks with my face.
“It is one of those frustrating injuries where you let biology takes its course and I will manage it conservatively.”
He added: “Selection is out of your hands. I want to play as much as I can and impress, having missed out on the Six Nations and summer tour.
“If you are playing well for your club and your international coach feels you can add something to the Test side, he will pick you.”